On May 21, 2021, Eugene K. Crandall Jr. died at Regions in Saint Paul, Minn., after a long ongoing battle with multiple complications and infections from a stroke. He was 67. 

He loved the retired life. He would spend his days sitting outside with the animals, watching the birds, and singing along to his 70’s music. He would sing on a daily basis “In heaven there is no beer, that’s why I drink it here..” 

He absolutely loved planting and gardening; flowers, tomatoes, and peppers were a must every year.  He also kept up on feeding the birds. Ironically, he would sit in his rocking chair in his bib overalls holding a bb gun so when the black birds and blue jays came, he would show them who’s boss. 

He loved going for walks with the family and his dogs. If he would see wild berries on the walk, he would stop every single time to pick some, even if it meant getting poison ivy. Few of his favorite places to walk were at Interstate Park, the three miles, and Traprock Hill. He was all about outdoors and nature. 

All that listed above were his favorites, however, his number one favorite thing was whenever his grandsons would come over. He truly did enjoy watching them play basketball in the driveway from their childhood to their adult years. All four of his grandkids were his pride and joy and he would brag about them to family, friends, cashiers at Walmart and even random shoppers at stores. 

For the ones who knew he would agree that he was your true Grinch who’s heart grew three sizes. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene Sr. and Lillian Crandall; brothers Pat, Mike, Tom and Joel, animals; Pooh, Shadow, Cuddles, Oreo, Ashes and Honey.

He is survived by his son Gene III; daughters Bridgett (Arup) and Barbara; best friend Teresa;  daughter-in-law Teressa; grandsons Geno IV, MJ, Daniel and Isaiah; great-granddaughter Kamara; animals Koda, Emmy Lou and Annabelle; brother Cody; sisters Sandy, Kim, and Jennie; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. June 26 at Barb’s residence at 611 NE Ave., in Dresser. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wisconsin. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

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